By Mike Milligan
During this seriously illustrated publication, Mike Milligan has captured the nonetheless constructing tale of 1 of these distant, yet now not secluded, corners of the Colorado Plateau. Upstream from Moab at the Colorado River, close to the Colorado country line, there's a really brief, deep canyon that has turn into the most well known river-running locations in the US. The canyon is named Westwater. Its acceptance is basically end result of the thrill supplied through the most harmful and not easy stretches of white water at the Colorado---Skull fast. close to the pinnacle of the canyon are the remnants of the tiny city of Westwater, which has had a fascinating and eventful historical past of its personal, in part as a result of river and canyon, in part due to the railroad that passes via it, and partially as a result of its remoteness. It has attracted through the years greater than its fair proportion of colourful characters---government explorers and brokers, boosters and get-rich-quick dreamers, farm animals and sheep males, outlaws and bootleggers, and, after all, river runners. Mike Milligan, who got here to understand the realm as a river advisor, has written an intensive heritage of this out-of-the-way position. whereas it has a colourful heritage that makes its tale attention-grabbing in and of itself, Westwater's importance derives extra from a phenomenon of the trendy West-thousands of leisure river runners. they've got driven a backwater position into the foreground of recent pop culture within the West. Westwater turns out to symbolize one universal series in western historical past: the overdue starting of unexplored territories; sporadic, frequently unsuccessful makes an attempt to improve them; renewed obscurity whilst improvement does not prevail; their charm of a marginal society of misfits or loners; and glossy rediscovery because of new cultural explanations, in particular open air sport, which has introduced plenty of humans into millions of distant corners of the West.
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13 In 1898, newspapers predicted a placer mining boom from Westwater down to Moab, with claims being sought all along the Colorado River. In the spring of 1899 a placer dredge that had operated successfully on other rivers was reconstructed at Cisco and “[assured] its success on the Grand River where the bars are Westwater 1/7/04 2:48 PM Page 40 Mickey Thompson, age two, playing in front of the Westwater water tank and the brick treatment plant in 1931. Her father built the merry-go-round/teetertoter Mickey is playing on.
D. 25 The caves would have been within easy reach of Westwater by foot for hunting or fishing activities. Westwater 1/7/04 2:47 PM Page 14 Sheep petroglyph at Little Hole. Is it a hunting scene or directions out of the canyon? A Book Cliffs pictograph that Nina Bowen described as possibly a boat. Photo courtesy of Nina Bowen. Westwater 1/7/04 2:47 PM Page 15 First Touched by Man 15 We will likely never know if any artifacts were taken from Westwater. Former Westwater resident John L. 26 In the same area, according to his sister Ila Reay, he found what she described as a basket, or sack, that held bones it it.
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